Krauthammer: Improving Our Odds Against Terror

Charles Krauthammer writes on that we should eliminate doing bag and shoe inspections on 83 year old grandmothers from Poughkeepsie.

The American response to tightening up after London has been reflexive and idiotic: random bag checks in the New York subways. Random meaning that the people stopped are to be chosen numerically. One in every 5 or 10 or 20.

This is an obvious absurdity and everyone knows it. It recapitulates the appalling waste of effort and resources we see at airports every day when, for reasons of political correctness, 83-year-old grandmothers from Poughkeepsie are required to remove their shoes in the search for jihadists hungering for paradise.

The only good thing to be said for this ridiculous policy is that it testifies to the tolerance and good will of Americans, so intent on assuaging the feelings of minority fellow citizens that they are willing to undergo useless indignities and tolerate massive public waste.

Assuaging feelings is a good thing, but hunting for terrorists in this way is simply nuts. The fact is that jihadist terrorism has been carried out from Bali to Casablanca to Madrid to London to New York City to Washington by young Islamic men of North African, Middle Eastern and South Asian origin.

This is not a stereotype. It is a simple statistical fact.


2 thoughts on “Krauthammer: Improving Our Odds Against Terror

  1. aw come on you know that 83 year old could be really pissed off the social security check she gets only pays for her weekly spa-massage at the elizabeth arden red door salon?!? I would check her too. It’s always the people you least expect that bomb your a**. That and its just so freakin funny that the 83 year old has to take it off!


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